I've done some research but I still don't quite understand the difference between "of" and "about" after the noun "opinion".

Edit: the original sentence is "we're giving our honest opinion OF/ABOUT you". I don't know if that changes anything, but a source said "of" is more common when there's an adjective in the sentence.

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    Or even "our opinion on..." Google's Ngram viewer shows decreasing popularity for "opinion of". Edit: the question update shows that on isn't so good here: it is more usual for topics. Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 18:13
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    I am not sure if there is a right way. But when typing "our opinion of you" and "our opinion about you" IMO the first seems more natural. Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 18:24
  • Intuitively, I'd give an opinion on or about an issue or topic, and of a person or concrete thing. There isn't a hard and fast difference though because issues and people can overlap.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Apr 21, 2021 at 8:06

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Good question. It's a slim distinction.

My opinion of you usually refers to my overall feelings:

Examples: I like you. I trust you. I think you're smart.

My opinion about you is usually my more detailed evaluation:

Example: After working with you for a few days, I've decided that although you don't have much experience, you learn fast and aren't afraid to try new things or improvise.

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